District Wellness Policy


Our District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the school environment to promote students' health, well-being, and ability to learn. The policy was developed by the health and wellness committee which includes teachers, parents, administrators, and the district nurse supervisor.

 


Key Areas of Our Wellness Policy

Balance is essential for any wellness policy. Key areas include:

  • Nutrition education and promotion
  • Physical education and physical activity goals
  • Nutrition standards
  • Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness

Information Regarding Smart Snack Rule

Food / Nutrient Standard Exemptions to the Standard
General Standard for Competitive Food To be allowable, a competitive food item must:
  1. Meet all of the proposed competitive food nutrient standards and
  2. Be a grain product that contains 50% or more whole grains by weight or have whole grains as the first ingredient or
  3. Have as the first ingredient one of the non-grain main food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, or protein foods (meat, beans, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc. or
  4. Be a combination of food that contains at least 1/4 cup fruit and or vegetable or
  5. Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient of public concern.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables with no added ingredients except water are exempt from all nutrient standards.
  • Canned and frozen fruits with no added ingredients except water, or are packed in 100% juice, extra light syrup, or light syrup are exempt from all nutrient standards.
  • Cannedvegetables with no added ingredients except water or that contain a small amount of sugar for processing purposes to maintain the quality and structure of the vegetable are exempt from all nutrient standards.
NSLP/SBP Entrée Items Sold A la Carte Any entrée item offered as part of the lunch program or the breakfast program is exempt from all competitive food standards if it is sold as a competitive food on the day of service or the day after service in the lunch or breakfast program.  
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum Sugar-free chewing gum is exempt from all competitive food standards.  
Grain Items Acceptable grain items must include 50% or more whole grains by weight, or have whole grains as the first ingredient.  
Total Fats Acceptable food items must have <= 35% calories from total fat as served
  • Reduced fat cheese (including part-skim mozzarella).
  • Nuts and seeds and nut/seed butters
  • Products consisting of only dried fruit with nuts and/or seeds with no added nutritive sweeteners or fats
  • Seafood with no added fat

Combination products are not exempt and must meet all nutrient standards

Saturated Fat Acceptable food items must have <= 10% calories from saturated fat as served  

Sharing the Message of Wellness

One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department's website that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness.  Our site provides information on nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students as well as a variety of learning tools.

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Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.